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The "Easy" way to build and learn with Arduino and Uno32!

Let's make Arduino* technology easily accessible and functional for classrooms, clubs and individuals.

**The DuinoKit will be compatible with Arduino and Uno32 by ChipKit.**

Almost everyone enjoys inventing and creating...  My goal is to give some tools for helping this process!  I can hardly wait to see the creations people can make with this kit.  This could inspire the next millionaire!

Do you remember electronic kits like these from the 80's?  I used to have several of these electronic kits as a child and my 10 year old son has some of them now. It would be great if we could bring the ease of construction and the containment of these kits into the Arduino environment?

Let's start a project to bring these kits into the microprocessor age and inspire inventors and hobbyists!
Let's start a project to bring these kits into the microprocessor age and inspire inventors and hobbyists!

What is an Arduino?
Click here to see a few projects made and shared on Instructables.com.
   "Arduino was mostly designed by artists for artists and designers...I think it's been the most important product/project in the world of educational electronics.”   Click Here to find out more!  Some additional project easily completed could be...  LED (digital) Dice, a binary counter, a Morse code translator, a lie detector, and my personal favorite a Fart Operated TV Channel Changer.  The possibilities are endless with a little imagination.

Why a kit?
The Arduino is an incredible platform for learning electronics, programming and robotics.  However, with tons of little parts and additional modules and items to buy, it it difficult to use in a group learning environment.  The goal of this project is to supply everything needed to quickly and easily construct and build projects without loosing track of parts and components.

What I would like to do...
For this project I want to construct a printed circuit board design and a full collection of parts soldered on the board as a Arduino Inventors Kit, that will be ready to build and experiment.  The kit will be built into a custom wood case complete with stand-off backing for securing the development board and additional break-out modules. 

No more lost parts or trying to reading the number on a transistor or IC.   With this kit, all parts will be clearly labeled with a schematic drawing for easy building and the learning of electronics.  (Very rough prototype pictured below)

Help "Inspire an Inventor" by making project building easy and quick!
Help "Inspire an Inventor" by making project building easy and quick!
Early stage prototype, many enhancements in final project!
Early stage prototype, many enhancements in final project!

I have quotes with some US vendors and builders and would like to use as much US labor and resources to complete this project.  I plan on including several common "break-out" modules that are typically used in both beginner and advanced projects.  The more support on this initial run, the more components we can include in this project.

Below is a tentative parts list for consideration and I would appreciate YOUR opinion on adding and removing components.  The more kits we can mass-produce, the lower the initial cost allowing for the addition of break-out modules and various processors to be included in the kit.  Please see the tentative parts list below and submit your feedback for the final kit assembly.  I will place a web survey and response system where I can collect data and YOUR opinions of final project components design and even a name for the final project.  Each donor will be invited as an on-line collaborator.

UPDATE:At nearly the same time as we started our project, we found another great project on KickStarter  The DigiSpark (Click Here) is a mini Arduino processor.  We have laid the groundwork to incorporate a location to add this DigiSpark module into every kit so that you can miniaturize your projects and test them with the same "Plug and Play" of our Arduino Classroom Kit.  Every kit purchased will include a DigiSpark module for building and experimenting.

Tentative Parts List   
2    Prototyping Shield with mini breadboard built into circuit board
1    IR photo transistor 935nm
1    IR Sender
1    LM35 Temperature Sensor
1    Ambient Light sensor (CDS cell)
2    9g servo motor
2    8x8 Matrix LED Display (dual color Common anode) (possible RGB)
      with resistors SMD
1    1602 LCD Display
3    10k Rotary Potentiometer (1/4 shaft?)
1    5v Buzzer
5    Mini Push Button (6mm?)
10  Red 3mm LED  (With resistor)
10  Yellow 3mm LED  (With resistor)
10  Green LED 3mm  (With resistor)
1    1W Luxeon LED
5    Bi color LEDs
1    10 segment led bar graph with resistors
1    8seg-4digit LED Display (with resistors)
   
10    39Ω Resistors
10    100Ω Resistors
10    70Ω Resistors
10    470Ω Resistors
10    1 kΩ Resistors
10    2.2 kΩ Resistors
10    4.7 kΩ Resistors
10    10 kΩ Resistors
10    33 kΩ Resistors
10    47 kΩ Resistors
10    100 kΩ Resistors
10    470 kΩ Resistors
10    1 MΩ Resistors
10    4Ω  1W Resistors
10    100 kΩ Resistors
   
5    22pf Ceramic Capacitor
5    100nf Ceramic Capacitor
5    220nf Ceramic Capacitor
5    100uf Electrolytic Capacitor
5    1 μF /50V Electrolytic Capacitor
5    10 μF /50V Electrolytic Capacitor
5    100 μF /16V Electrolytic Capacitor
   
2    DPDT switch
1    Solar Cell
1    DC hobby motor (with cap across terminals)
2    12mm Rotary encoder with push button switch
1    Analog meter
1    Microphone
2    Relay (5v with Diode across coil)
1    Reed switch
1    Hall effect transistor
1    Speaker
1    LN2803A DC/DC μModule Regulator (with socket)
1    L7805 CV
1    IRF540 rectifier
5    Diode 1N4004
5    Diode 1N4007
   
5    Transistor NPN 2N3904
5    Transistor NPN 2N3906
2    Transistor NPN BC547
2    Transistor NPN BC557
10   2N2222 (NPN) transistors
10   BC307 or BC556  (PNP) transistors
1    Numeric keypad (membrane keypad)?
   
2    4017 Decade Counter (With Socket)
1    TDA7052 1W Audio Amplifier
2    Shift register (Motorola 74HC595  or  MAX7221)? (With Socket)
   
Modules   
1    Accelerometer (3 axis)
1    Stepper motor and module
1    SD or USB data logger module
1    1307 RTC (Real Time Clock)
1    RF Transmitter and Receiver
1    DigiSpark USB module
      *Module will be shipped with Classroom Kit, not from the DigiSpark Manufacturer.

Inspire Someone to Invent Something Cool!  ...Support DuinoKit NOW!
Inspire Someone to Invent Something Cool! ...Support DuinoKit NOW!

Extra Credit:  (Okay, out comes the teacher in me)

Receive 10 "Extra Credit" points if you can tell me what text was scrolling across the LED array during the video!  Send an email to Support@ArduinoKit.US

Find and share this project on Facebook.com  ArduinoKit.US

If only one kit is ordered, I will ship internationally for an additional $20.

The $135 reward will include ONE complete soldered kit, recognition as a contributor, Possible T-Shirt and input into the final product design.  It will NOT include and additional "un-soldered" kit as a "previous reward".

*Arduino is a registered trademark of Arduino.cc  
 This is an independent project and is not endorsed or supported by Arduino.cc 

Uno32 and ChipKIT are registered trademarks of Digilent Inc.

If only one kit is ordered, I will ship internationally for an additional $20

www.DuinoKit.com

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    Show your support and receive a public recognition on our website as well as a invitation for input for components and design. All funds raised for this project will go towards development and fulfillment of kits and also allow for kits to be donated to schools and organizations. ANY support will help create this project. This will also place you or your organization on a list for donations of remaining kits produced during the project.

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    Receive the design files for making your own printed circuit board with your custom components. These will be the complete final files that are used in this kit. I will also include a collection of any various parts or modules I may have around from the production of these kits. If I get at least 50 backers in this pledge I'll include a "Have you hugged your Adruino Today" t-shirt. I'll also include the t-shirt in other reward areas if the funds allow for this to be included.

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    Receive a complete un-soldered kit and all components. You will need to solder in the components and complete the assembly. All surface mount components will be soldered, you will be given all the remaining thru-hole components so that you can "build" up your own kit.

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    Receive a "First Run" classroom in a box after final production. as well as all previous rewards and recognition on our website. This will be completely assembled and soldered. Use with your Arduino Processor.

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    Get two complete kits with and Arduino processor ready to build projects. These will make a great gift idea and should be ready to give as Christmas gifts. I'm sure you can think of a could of people to share this learning kit with.
    For an additional $40 I will engrave the circuit board and/or the outside box on both kits to make them into a great keepsake. It would be great if some young electrical engineer "...remembers when uncle Jim gave him that kit..." Please add $27 for International shipping.

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    Receive 3 completed kits shipped directly to your address ready for inventing. These will include an Arduino processor. For an additional $50 I will engrave the circuit board and/or the outside box on all three kits to make them into a great keepsake. Buy one for each inventor in your life. Please add $40 for international shipping.

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    Addition to 10 complete kits, we will send a trainer for a two day seminar to train and encourage your group in the Arduino building and programming process. This applies to the continental United States and will be scheduled in advance.

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